Cory Booker Admits That He 'Hated Gays'
An editorial from 1992 pops up, NJ mayor explains
Before he started saving people from burning houses and taking on food stamp challenges, superhero New Jersey mayor Cory Booker did have a kryptonite -- gay people.
In a recently republished opinion piece in the Stanford Daily from 1992, Booker says that he has a total disdain for gays and compared seeing two men kiss to sitting through a frontal lobotomy. Fast forward 21 years later, Booker doesn't feel the same, but explained why he used to.
“I was writing about my teenage struggle for integrity,” Booker told his twitter followers on Thursday. “Allow me to be more direct, escaping the euphemisms of my past – I hated gays. The disgust and latent hostility I felt toward gays were subcategories of hatred, plain and simple.”
Mayor Booker also said that it wasn't until he met a gay counselor who told him about the prejudice he experienced because of his sexual orientation that he had a change of heart.
As his public profile continues to grow, there have been rumors swirling about Booker's sexuality. This "confession" of sorts comes after he revealed intentions to run for U.S. Senate in 2014.